Understanding the pet–productivity connection for workers is critical to sustained long-term economic growth. Can you predict DrivenData team members' productivity based on their proximity to their pets?
About the project
The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred unprecedented changes in the culture of work, including a widespread shift to remote work and increased dialogue around mental health. Ensuring that the world's workforce can continue to balance productivity and happiness is critical to sustaining long-term economic growth in the new pandemic normal.
While the loss of a separate office space has presented many challenges, there has been one consistent bright spot—all of our furry friends! Research in countries from the U.S. to Malaysia has shown that pets can significantly improve mental health, especially during times of crisis. However, the added emotional and financial burden can also be a source of stress.
In this competition, paw-ticipants will use machine learning to predict a DrivenData team member's productivity based on their proximity to a furry friend. Pet–human distance is measured every minute, and will be used to predict the rate of lines of code written by that team member. The results can be used to better understand how to support employees while they work from home.
About the data
Four team pets—and their humans—agreed to be tracked over a month-long period in early 2022. Wearable monitors measured the average distance in meters between each pet and its human over every one-minute period. The dependent variable was collected using a Python productivity-tracking extension that recorded lines of code written each minute.
Let's meet the stars of the dataset—the DrivenPets!
Nico’s not sure how she got here, but she is sure that it is none of your business. In fact, nothing about Nico is your business. If you’re so interested in asking questions you should make a friend or something. Good luck with that. I wonder how plastic packaging tastes…
Poncie is a productivity consultant whose unconventional methods led to four-fold increases in petting frequency and corresponding decreases in unnecessary tapping and clicking. She also pioneered the "super power nap," some powerful enough to last an entire work day. All that sleep keeps her razor-sharp to hone her core competencies: regular napping and locating unattended plates of cheese.
Teddy is a greyhound and former Irish professional racer. If he misses his glory days, he gives no indication, preferring to nap at least 18 hours a day. The only time he sprints is when he's excited to go to bed. He is currently enjoying retirement in New Hampshire.
Titus is a pitbull–mastiff–boxer mix with a background in data systems engineering. His favorite human is all humans. When he's not on the clock, he enjoys playing tug, eating cheese, and napping in the sun (or the shade. or anywhere else). He is based in Washington, D.C.
Pawsitive Predictive Value: Pets and Productivity: Rules and Terms of Data Use
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YOUR USE OF THE COMPETITION WEBSITE, ITS CONTENT AND ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE AND RECEIPT OF ANY PRIZES IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE WEBSITE, ITS CONTENT AND ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS, WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, BEYOND ANY NON-EXCLUDABLE GUARANTEES (DEFINED BELOW). NEITHER THE RELEASED PARTIES NOR ANY PERSON ASSOCIATED WITH RELEASED PARTIES MAKES ANY WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION WITH RESPECT TO THE COMPLETENESS, SECURITY, RELIABILITY, QUALITY, ACCURACY OR AVAILABILITY OF THE COMPETITION WEBSITE. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, NEITHER RELEASED PARTIES NOR ANYONE ASSOCIATED WITH THE RELEASED PARTIES REPRESENTS OR WARRANTS THAT THE COMPETITION WEBSITE, ITS CONTENT OR ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE WILL BE ACCURATE, RELIABLE, ERROR-FREE OR UNINTERRUPTED, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, THAT OUR SITE OR THE SERVER THAT MAKES IT AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS OR THAT THE COMPETITION WEBSITE OR ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE WILL OTHERWISE MEET YOUR NEEDS OR EXPECTATIONS.
NOTHING IN THESE COMPETITION RULES LIMITS, EXCLUDES, OR MODIFIES OR PURPORTS TO LIMIT, EXCLUDE, OR MODIFY ANY STATUTORY CONSUMER GUARANTEE OR ANY IMPLIED CONDITION OR WARRANTY, THE EXCLUSION OF WHICH FROM THESE COMPETITION RULES WOULD CONTRAVENE ANY STATUTE OR CAUSE ANY PART OF THESE TERMS TO BE VOID (“NON-EXCLUDABLE GUARANTEES”). SUBJECT TO THE LIMITATIONS IN THE PRECEDING SENTENCE AND TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY ANY MANDATORY PROVISIONS OF APPLICABLE LAW, THE RELEASED PARTIES HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT AND FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
THE FOREGOING DOES NOT AFFECT ANY WARRANTIES WHICH CANNOT BE EXCLUDED OR LIMITED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.
Governing Law and Jurisdiction
DrivenData shall be the sole interpreter of these Competition Rules.
All matters relating to the Competition Rules or the Competition and any dispute or claim arising therefrom or related thereto (in each case, including non-contractual disputes or claims), shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts without giving effect to any choice or conflict of law provision or rule (whether of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or any other jurisdiction).
The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Competition Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Competition Rules shall otherwise remain in effect and be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision was not contained herein.